New Zealand Journals

3 months in New Zealand

A January 2002 trip to New Zealand by Bethany Davidson-Widby

Mount Aspiring National Park Photo, South Island, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: While teaching for an American traveling outdoor adventure school, we traveled to New Zealand for three months of adventure.

3 months in New Zealand

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Overview

South Island Coast Photo, New Zealand, South Pacific
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New Zealand is an amazing country, with no amount of words to truly describe the experience you will have when you visit, and if you're lucky, you might even stay awhile. From the rolling hills, raging rivers, beach towns, and forests of the North Island, to the mountain passes, beautiful glaciers, and stunning fjords of the South Island, and everything in between, New Zealand is a place you won't soon forget. So pack light, bring an appetite for adventure, and be ready for the experience of a lifetime.Quick Tips: Caving at the Waitomo Caves -- absolutely amazing. Kayaking on the Kaituna River -- perhaps the best play spot in the world. Hiking in Mt. Aspiring National Park....Read More

Mount Aspiring National Park

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Attraction | "Camping Below the Rob Roy Glacier"

Mount Aspiring National Park Photo, South Island, New Zealand
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We drove to the trailhead, and with 40 lb. backpacks began the 2 hour trip, uphill (most of it anyways) to the foot of Rob Roy Glacier. Hiking through the woods was surreal, but coming out of the woods with Rob Roy Glacier in the distance was nothing short of spectacular! We were at the foot of the glacier and waterfalls big and small were cascading down to a small river below. The sound of it was astounding. Every few minutes we would hear avalanches from the glacier above, and the snow would cascade down the mountain. We each camped solo that night, and the only thing that freaked me out was when the kia birds tried to steal my tent with me in it in the middle of the night during the pou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 17, 2003

Mount Aspiring National Park
Southern Alps
South Island, New Zealand

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This is without a doubt, hands-down, THE BEST bouldering spot in the world! Boulders range in size from small ones you can walk on, to boulders the size of buildings. We spent 2.5 weeks camping in the Castle Hill area and bouldering on Quantum Field (part of the Homestead) and Flock Hill. It would take years to do all the problems on the boulders and the limestone rock is oh so smooth. Standing on top of a boulder, Quantum Field is shaped in a huge U. Boulder ethics are in strong effect here. Respect the rock and respect others. For more info, go to .

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2003

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Attraction | "Caving at the Waitomo Caves"

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Caving? Small spaces? Underground and water??? What was I thinking? 100 meters underground. That's where I was headed. We put on full wetsuits, boots, harnesses, and helmets and went to the entry point of the caves for a quick lesson in rappelling. We rappelled down the 100 meters, through this little hole, into the darkness of the cave below. I sang the whole way to keep myself from freaking out. After the entire group descended and unclipped, we walked a short distance, hooked to a lead line, to the start of a zip line. One by one we were sent down the zip line. Did I mention they turned out all the lights as you were sent down the line? At the end of the line,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2003

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Caves Road
Waitmo, New Zealand
64 7 878 8227

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Wanaka, an amazing town in its own right. With only two main streets, it's easy to walk anywhere you want to go. The atmosphere is really easy going with friendly people and lots to do. The town is filled with a few great coffee shops. Enjoy Mexican food and great margaritas on the terrace at Amigos Cafe. Bombay Palace has amazing Indian food. Especially if you like it spicy! Don't forget to stop at the Snack Shack for some of the best fast food around. Their spicy chips are awesome and worth the couple minute wait. Visit the large park between town and the campground and join in on a game of ultimate frisbee. The gear stores have just about everything you need, or they...Read More